monthly column


by Ruediger Glatz

Twelve people, Characters, extraordinary in their ordinarieness. Twelve people united by their passion for Art. From the Rethoric of the Barrister, to the search for new Art forms by the Gallerist, the Aesthetics of the Designer and Tailor or the creative versatility of the Musician... photographed from the artist Ruediger Glatz who created THE NEW BLACK.


Jean-Pierre Marois


After graduating with a degree in Literature from Parigi III – Sorbonne Nouvelle, Marois became a photographer, then film director and producer. Between 1992 and 2000 he made numerous critically-acclaimed, short films, and several films with Spike Lee, in Paris and New York. His most successful films as a writer and/or producer, between 1999 and 2009, include: Live Virgin, Mary, Babel, I come with the rain and South of the Border. During his cinematographic career, Marois became an entrepreneur in the hotel sector in 2005.
In Paris, he created the famous club Les Bains Douches. He created many partnerships and events, including a three-month exhibition with Magda Danysz in 2013. In 2015 Marois opened Les Bains in  Paris, a five-star hotel, which is a unique and exclusive space.


James Sleaford


After studying business at college, James started out in the world of fashion in the mid-90’s, and began collaborating with various publications like the Face and Arena, before becoming fashion editor for i-D magazine. James decided to specialize further in men’s fashion, and was given the opportunity to work with British GQ, and subsequently Arena magazine, before becoming the first English fashion director of GQ France and moving to Paris. Nine years later, while enjoying the Parisian lifestyle, James still finds time to follow his favourite football team, Manchester City and to travel the world for GQ.


Thomas Erber

Trend Setter

 Thomas Erber is one of the main trend-setters of our time. An international private consultant, specialized in prestigious projects, Thomas has worked as a journalist for Vogue Hommes 

International, actively participated in the launch of Jalouse, and subsequently founded Officiel Voyage, finally became Chief Editor of Le Monde’s lifestyle supplement … In twelve years of journalism he has produced more than 500 stories and portraits around the globe. Every year, he continues to develop with passion the acclaimed Cabinet de Curiosités de Thomas Erber in the most prestigious cities of the world.


Anton Magnani

Art Collector

Anton Magnani was born in Rome during the Dolce Vita period. He loves beautiful things, travelling the world and collecting street art. He discovered shoes as artefacts in the 80’s, while studying at the polytechnic in Milan, thanks to Professor, architect and designer Achille Castiglioni, with whom he wrote a thesis on footwear. In the 90’s he launched the brand Dry-shoD, with which he won the prize for Best Designer in 1998 at the UK Footwear Awards in London. Since 1999 he has been a senior executive and creative director for prestigious, international brands like Bally, Clarks and Hugo Boss. Today, as passionate as ever about footwear, he lends his expertise to the classic Italian brand Sutor Mantellassi, bringing it back to the forefront of luxury footwear.


Sandro Kopp


Sandro Kopp, born 1978, is a half German, half New Zealand visual artist, based in the Highlands of Scotland. His work deals with the concept of mediated presence, and explores the meeting points of classical painting and digital technology, primarily through painting, but also through photography, 3D work, and installative interventions, in collaboration with architects and sound artists. Since 2008 he has been working primarily on oil portraits of family and friends painted live, from Skype conversations. His work has been shown around the world, including at Lehmann Maupin, New York, Victoria, Miro, London and the National Portrait Galleries of England and Scotland.